Punjab Govt. Plans to set-up court in Patiala jail, to hear cases of gangsters

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Chandigarh: Punjab government has plan to set-up a court insight Patiala jail to hear cases of dreaded gangsters. The move is aimed at minimising the risk during the transportation of gangsters from the jail to courts and back for court hearings.

The proposal has been sent to the state Home Department by the Director, Bureau of Investigations. Permission has been sought to construct the court citing several incidents of gang wars that have occurred on occasions when high-profile gangsters lodged in the jail were being transferred to courts for their hearings.

Patiala Jail

The report in The Tribune states that in the past two years, there have been as many as 183 cases of undertrials having escaped from police custody, while they were being shifted to the courts or brought back to the Patiala jail. Of these, 150 were later arrested.

Trials of the accused in the assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh have earlier been held in the Burail Jail, Chandigarh, but this is the first time that a permanent court is being set up in the jail, on the lines of the one in Tihar jail.

“Though the facility of video conferencing is available in all jails of Punjab, it is used only in cases where demands have to be sought. Since trial by video conferencing has been declared by the Punjab and Haryana High Court as vitiating the rights of the undertrials and the court had recommended that trials be conducted face to face, the proposal to set up a court on the jail premises has been made,” said Gaurav Yadav, ADGP (Prisons).

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